Fresh, bright and airy: there’s nothing better than viewing the outside world through freshly cleaned and smear-free windows.
Adding natural light to your rooms, enhancing the outdoor view and ventilating your home, keeping your windows clean is an effective form of housekeeping. However, window cleaning poles aren’t generally a part of our home cleaning toolkits like a dustpan and brush, microfibre cloth or antibacterial spray so often are.
If you’re considering investing in a telescopic window cleaning pole, it’s generally because you need a bit of extra reach to clear off those second-floor windows or conservatory roofs. Or, perhaps you have a filthy skylight that needs a quick spruce up, or you want something a little more powerful to clean away that grime.
We all know the dangers of using ladders at home and outside – particularly when water, soapy water or window cleaning solutions are involved – so an effective window cleaning pole with an enhanced reach could be the perfect tool to keep your home exterior and interior sparkling.
Below, we’re going to take a look at the best picks the UK has to offer for window cleaning pools with extendable reach. From an array of length options to multi-purpose tools for use inside the home, we’ve got all bases covered with our top picks.
Some of the things to think about when choosing your perfect match are:
- The extendable length – how much do you need for your home?
- Whether or not they have a water feed – do you need a garden hose?
- The brush and blade options – will you get a streak-free shine and a cleaner that can eradicate dirt and grime?
Here’s a summary of our three favourites:
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And more information on each product can be found below:
A far-reaching telescopic pole with an effective Squeegee and washer combo
Our best pick for telescopic window cleaners, the Docapole Telescopic Pole is perfect for all of your window cleaning needs.
Not only does it come with a choice of extendable lengths from 3.5-9.1 metres, but the additional accessories that come with the Docapole make it an essential buy for anyone who is taking their window cleaning duties seriously.
Its multipurpose head comes with a window Squeegee and window washer attachment which means it doesn’t just add soapy water to windows, but it ensures a streak-free clean. The Docapole also comes with Squeegees in three sizes: 10”, 12” and 14” to fit larger and smaller windows alike using the same extendable pole.
It also comes with a chenille microfiber window scrubber, which means you can scrub away dirt and grime without all the elbow grease. For easy access, this is attached by Velcro and it can be washed on its own between uses.
Aside from the range of brilliant accessories, this telescopic pole is incredibly agile – its 180 degrees of rotation mean that it can effectively scrub and rotate from side to side as well as forwards and backwards, and locks into place automatically at the best angle. This is ideal for awkward-sized windows, and maximises the water removal to keep all windows dirt-free, clean and shiny.
While it feels like we can’t say enough good things about this window cleaning pole(!), it also comes with rubber handle grips, thumb lever clasps and a nail hook to make hanging in your garage or storage spaces super easy. The only key drawback of this pole is that it doesn’t connect to a hose, so there isn’t an ongoing water supply available while cleaning.
- Comes with a range of useful accessories
- 180-degree rotation makes it easy to clean non-standard window sizes
- A good range of extendable height options to suit second-floor windows
- Sturdy and durable with locking features to keep it still in the perfect position.
- Doesn’t contain a water feed or option to connect a hose.
A 3-in-1 tool with spray head and extension pole, ideal for a bargain buy
If you’re in need of a versatile and effective window cleaner that doesn’t break the bank, the Als Ellen 3-in-1 Window Squeegee is our top choice. This 3-in-1 window cleaning kit comes with a removable spray in the head of the Squeegee, as well an adjustable microfibre head which can rotate 180 degrees.
The whole thing can be broken up into three sections: The Squeegee, the microfibre scrubbing head and the poles, so you can use the two heads on their own or with extensions attached. Not only is it designed with outdoor windows in mind, but the Squeegee head can be used on its own, which makes it perfect for use indoors – such as on interior windows, shower screens and car windows.
Available in 150cm and 265cm lengths, the Als Ellen comes with up to 6 extendable pieces that each lock in securely with each other to create a full length of up to 265cm, or 2.65 metres.
For an approach to window cleaning that’s both time and cost-effective, you can assemble the Squeegee with the spray and the microfibre pad on top to save adding and removing the two pieces to the pole when cleaning your windows.
- A multi-functional and multi-purpose tool
- Makes cleaning windows at a range of heights very easy
- Can be used in the home too on glass such as shower screens
- Comes with 6 extendable pieces with a secure locking system on each.
- Some customer feedback has called the material ‘flimsy’, and multiple customers have said it has broken quite quickly after only small amounts of use
- No option to connect a hose to the pole, and the spray isn’t ‘sprayable’ when cleaning at height, making cleaning upper windows a bit tricky.
A 16-foot water-fed window cleaner, with a built-in blade
With 5 sections to maximise the reach, this extendable cleaning pole is ideal for keeping your windows in tip-top condition. Its built-in Squeegee blade, soft brush head and swivel knuckle joint make it easy to manoeuvre while providing an effective clean.
The kit comes with a soap dispenser and water feed, with two on/off controlled flow taps – saving you from getting covered in window cleaning solutiononce you’ve finished!
With a built-in Squeegee blade and water feed, it’s quite simple to clean windows and conservatory roofs with this 16-foot option. However, one reoccurring piece of feedback was that it can get very heavy when fully extended and full of water. So, although the base weight of the pole is 1.8kg, customers have said they struggled after a few minutes due to the additional weight during cleaning.
- Comes with on/off taps for soap and water
- Easy to attach to a garden hose
- Includes a pad squeegee, soft brush head, hose adaptor and soap dispenser.
- Can become heavy and trickier to move when fully extended and full of water.
A traditional water-fed cleaner: just like the professionals use
For your more traditional window cleaning option, this water-fed window cleaning pole connects to your hose to create an ongoing flow of water while cleaning your windows. This particular choice was created to emulate the classic window cleaner tool, making it suitable for domestic use at home.
Made with an aluminium grip and hardwearing plastic, this brush extends up to 3m, giving you around 4.5m in total reach – which is (generally) adequate for most second-floor windows!
At 4kg, this option is on the heavier side of the scale of the telescoping window cleaners listed here, but it’s still durable, sturdy and suitable for use at home.
In terms of the water feed, it connects to UK standard hose fittings, and is even appropriate for getting rid of the common grime build-up on conservatory windows and roofs – the high-quality brush head even has jets built into it to help displace dirt and grime.
- Durable, high-quality and removes built-up dirt
- Gives a constant stream of water using the garden hose
- A 3m pole with a 4.5m reach when standing.
- Some customers have said that they’ve been unable to reach the top of their second-floor windows with this brush – so do double-check!
The longest option on our list, ideal for taller properties which need a little more reach
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With the option to buy 12ft, 24ft or 30ft versions, the Docazoo Pole Reach Brush Kit gives the longest total length available on this list. It’s a truly multipurpose ‘window cleaner’ – we use that term loosely in this case – because while it definitely cleans windows, it does plenty more than that!
While the other option from Docazoo (the Docapole) topped the charts for us, this brush kit adds another layer of flexibility. It comes with three brushes for all manner of cleaning tasks: an ultra-soft bristle scrub brush to use on sensitive surfaces and prevent scratching, a medium brush with a rubber protective bumper and wet and dry use, and a heavy-duty hard brush for the toughest jobs.
This ‘ultimate brush kit’ really is the ultimate, as it offers to clean cars, motorcycles, campervans, solar panels, decking, patios and plenty of other places that you’ll find around the house, as the range of brushes are usable on their own, with or without the extendable pole.
With rubber handle grips, easy-to-use thumb lever clasps and a 180-degree hinge tip accessory, choosing this particular brush kit will have you scrubbing everything, everywhere!
Unfortunately, as with the other Docazoo product on this list, it doesn’t use a water feed or hose connection to create a stream of water, which means cleaning upper windows can take a little longer.
- A range of 3 multi-purpose brushes with different uses
- A long reach of up to 30 feet
- Brushes can be used without the pole, making them suitable for cleaning inside and outside the house.
- No option to add a hose – you will need a bucket of soapy water on hand!
How To Clean Windows With A Telescopic Pole
As we’ve mentioned, we encourage any prospective home window cleaner to use a telescopic pole as opposed to climbing a ladder to get to those hard-to-reach second-floor windows, conservatory roofs and fascias – just watch out for any satellites or electric cabling when you clean!
The first step when cleaning an outdoor window in this way is to either connect your hose to provide the water feed, or attach your brush to the extendable pole. Next, turn the water on or dip your brush into some window cleaning fluid (or soapy water), extend the pole and away you go!
Once you’ve wet and scrubbed all the windows, swap to your Squeegee or ‘blade’ tool. Don’t wet or add cleaning solution to this tool, as you’re using it to ‘dry’ the windows and to clear off any soapy residue. Start at the top of each window and pull down with the blade pressed firmly against the window, and shake off the excess when you get to the bottom. If your Squeegee gets soaked after a couple of wipes, clean it off with a towel and finish the window.
There we have it – an effective way to clean your exterior windows without hefty costs, industrial equipment or using a ladder.
Happy window cleaning!